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I can only afford a 7.5GB USB stick at the moment and with no internet connection.

I'm looking for a suitable Linux distribution with good multimedia support (codecs for audio/video content) and also good programming support which includes GCC/G++, VIM editor supporting syntax highlight and auto-indent. I intend to install a full fledged Linux operating system on a 7.5 GB USB stick and boot from it when I need it or may be even install it on a moderately powerful laptop.

Please assist.

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"No Internet connection" is going to make this a bit more tricky/obscure... – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 21 '13 at 7:01
That's ok. I'am aware that linux can be installed without an internet connection and can be updated later. – alok Jun 21 '13 at 7:08
The problem is not the installation, it's the updating later. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 21 '13 at 7:33

Have a look at Linux Mint. I am assuming that you can install it using UNetbootin, I have done so in the past and it contains all the things you are looking for.

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